Reflective Unity is an exploration to bridge visual and haptic stimuli to encourage immersion into relaxation and meditation. This piece incorporates an Android application and a hand pillow that communicate to each other through a Bluetooth connection. The Android application produces mathematically inspired generative art – a kaleidoscopic flocking system – and corresponding haptic variables to control rhythmic breath-like pulses of the hand pillow. In turn, the haptic pillow incorporates a pressure sensor. The speed of the system is dependent on how the user holds the pillow.
Materials: Processing Android App, Physical Object (LilyPad Arduino Main Board, LiPower, Vibe Boards, Bluetooth Silver Mate, fleece, felt, conductive thread, fiberfill)